Easy Strawberry Pandowdy

Easy Strawberry Pandowdy is a delicious old-time recipe similar to a pie from the early 1820’s era of New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces. A variation of the more popularly known, “Apple Pandowdy”. This is also a flexible recipe in which you can substitute whatever berries are in season. For summer, use strawberries, either frozen or fresh. It is also a healthy, low calories, low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, low carbohydrates, heart-healthy, Weight Watchers (8 SmartPoints), (6 PointsPlus) recipe. Makes 6 servings. Easy Strawberry Pandowdy will be loved by aleasy-strawberry-pandowdyl of your family, friends and guests.

Prep Time: 40 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes.
Total Time: 2-1/4 Hours.



3/4 cup white whole-wheat flour
1 tsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp cold butter, cut into small pieces
2-3 tbsp ice water


6 cups hulled strawberries (about 2 lbs), fresh or (whole unsweetened frozen), halved if large,
or any favorite or available berries. (This dessert is good with whatever berries
are ripe at the moment).

1/3 cup sugar
3 tbsp white whole-wheat flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


1. For The Topping: Combine 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour, 1 tsp sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse to blend. Add pieces of butter one at a time, pulsing after each addition, until the mixture resembles crumbly sand. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing until the mixture begins to form a ball. (Alternatively, combine flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Add butter pieces and, with your fingers, quickly rub them into the dry ingredients until smaller but still visible. Stir in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture begins to form a ball.) Transfer the dough to a piece of plastic wrap, shape into a square or round disk (depending on the shape of your baking dish), tightly wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 400° F.

3. To Prepare Filling: Toss berries with 1/3 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons flour and cinnamon in a large bowl. (If using frozen fruit, let stand for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, to thaw the fruit before transferring to the baking dish.) Transfer to an 8″ or 9″ shallow glass or ceramic baking dish.

4. Roll out the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin until it’s roughly the size of your baking dish. Fold the dough in half over the rolling pin to help you transfer the dough to the fruit. Place the dough over the fruit and tuck any overhanging dough into the edges of the dish. Make 8 to 10 small slits in the dough to vent steam. Place the baking dish on a baking sheet to catch any drips.

5. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven; with the tip of a knife, cut the crust into 2″ squares. Use a small spatula or spoon to press the squares of crust into the fruit until they’re about halfway submerged. This is called “dowdying.”

6. Reduce oven temperature to 350° F., return the pandowdy to the oven, and bake until browned and bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes more. Let cool for about 20 minutes before serving. Divide into six equal size servings.

YIELD: 6 Servings.
Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe.

Weight Watchers (8 SmartPoints), (PointsPlus = 6)
Carb Choices: 2

Diet Exchange:
1 Starch + 1 Fruit + 1 Fat

Calories: 208, Total Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 15g, Sodium: 99mg, Sugars: 12g, Carbohydrates: 37g, Fiber: 5, Protein: 4g, Vitamin C: 148 %DV, Iron: 18 %DV

Original recipe and image from Meredith Corporation. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/strawberry_pandowdy.html

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